The Big Give 2020: How you can support us

The Nutcracker ©ROH 2016. Photographed by Helen Maybanks

Please help us further by taking part in one of these suggested fundraising activities in support of The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Fundraising activities

1. The Royal Ballet School Christmas e-cards

Instead of writing printed Christmas cards this year, send your friends and family a beautiful Christmas card by email, and donate what you would have spent on cards and postage.

The Royal Ballet School has created six special e-card designs for you to send, which are available to download below.

We have also provided two animated options if you are looking for a little extra sparkle.

Music sheet covers featuring ballet celebrities Fanny Cerrito, Carlotta Grisi and Jules Perrot dancing some fashionable polkas and mazurkas of the 1840s. The Royal Ballet School Special Collections

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Music sheet covers featuring ballet celebrities Fanny Cerrito, Carlotta Grisi and Jules Perrot dancing some fashionable polkas and mazurkas of the 1840s. The Royal Ballet School Special Collections

Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs (1937) performed in 1955 by Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). Photo: Denis de Marney. The Royal Ballet School Special Collections

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Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs (1937) performed in 1955 by Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). Photo: Denis de Marney. The Royal Ballet School Special Collections

The Nutcracker ©ROH 2016. Photographed by Helen Maybanks

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The Nutcracker ©ROH 2016. Photographed by Helen Maybanks

The Royal Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

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The Nutcracker ©ROH 2016. Photographed by Helen Maybanks

Christmas card design by 1st Year student Blake Smith

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1st Year student Blake Smith’s painting of The Nutcracker

Students waiting in the wings to perform The Sleeping Beauty at Opera Holland Park. ©2018 The Royal Ballet School. Photographed by Schuhlelewis.com

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Students waiting in the wings to perform The Sleeping Beauty at Opera Holland Park. ©2018 The Royal Ballet School. Photographed by Schuhlelewis.com

To download

  • Please use the download links below each design, then right-click and ‘Save image as’ or ‘Save video as’ to save your copy to your device.
  • Images: You can either send the image as an attachment to a Christmas email, or paste it into the main body of an email for more instant impact.
  • Animations: You can either send the video as an attachment to a Christmas email, or use the web address of a video (reached by clicking the download links above) to add it as a festive hyperlink in your text, like this.

How to help us

Save on the cost of cards and stamps, and instead donate what you would have spent to the Student Hardship Fund through the Big Give Christmas Challenge webpage.

If you would like to help the School further, please consider asking your friends and family to do the same by writing a short message with your e-card.

Suggested message:

“This year I am sending my Christmas cards by email, and donating what I would have spent to The Royal Ballet School’s Big Give Christmas Challenge. You can do the same by visiting www.royalballetschool.org.uk/support/how-to-donate/big-give

Remember that all donations must be made between 1-8 December for these gifts to be matched by The Big Give.

2. Virtual Christmas party

Hold a virtual Christmas party online, via Zoom or a similar platform, and raise a glass of your favourite tipple to celebrate the campaign.

You could look ahead to the upcoming Royal Opera House cinema screening of The Nutcracker from 10 December 2020, and The Royal Ballet’s reworked COVID-safe performance of The Nutcracker (11 December 2020-3 January 2021). Or discuss another online ballet production past, present or future!

Share the news about The Royal Ballet School’s Student Hardship Fund and suggest friends and family make an online donation from 1-8 December during The Big Give Christmas Challenge.

For an online high tea, perhaps enjoy some luxury hot chocolate and Nutcracker-themed cakes or gingerbread biscuits. If it’s an evening do, how about mulled wine or eggnog with festive savoury treats instead?

Plate of Christmas tree biscuits